Tube Shunt Surgery for Glaucoma

Tube Shunt Surgery for Glaucoma

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"A Path to Optimal Intraocular Pressure"

For individuals grappling with glaucoma, Tube Shunt Surgery emerges as a strategic intervention, charting a course towards achieving optimal intraocular pressure (IOP) levels essential for preserving vision. Glaucoma, characterized by elevated IOP, poses a significant risk to vision if left unmanaged. Tube shunt surgery, also known as glaucoma drainage device surgery, involves implanting a small tube in the eye to facilitate the drainage of aqueous humor, reducing IOP and mitigating the risk of optic nerve damage.  This procedure is often recommended when conventional treatments like medication or laser therapy fail to adequately control IOP or in cases of advanced glaucoma. By redirecting the flow of aqueous humor, tube shunt surgery offers a reliable means of managing glaucoma and safeguarding visual health.

Key Aspects of Tube Shunt Surgery: 

  1. Shunt Placement: The surgeon implants the tube in the eye, connecting it to a reservoir (plate) situated underneath the conjunctiva. This allows the aqueous humor to flow out of the eye, reducing intraocular pressure. 
  2. Indications for Surgery: Tube shunt surgery is often considered when other interventions, such as medications or laser therapies, fail to adequately control intraocular pressure. It is especially beneficial for individuals with refractory glaucoma or those at risk of scarring with traditional filtration surgeries. 
  3. Postoperative Care: Following tube shunt surgery, patients require regular follow-ups to monitor the success of the procedure and manage potential complications. Medications may still be necessary to optimize IOP control.

Collaborative Decision-Making: 

The decision to undergo tube shunt surgery is a collaborative one, involving thorough discussions between the patient and their eye care professional. Factors such as the type and severity of glaucoma, overall health, and previous treatment responses are considered in determining the appropriateness of tube shunt surgery. 

Our commitment is to provide informative resources to empower patients in their glaucoma management journey. If you are exploring advanced options for controlling intraocular pressure, tube shunt surgery at Peachtree Ophthalmology may be the path towards preserving your vision. 


Peachtree Ophthalmology- Eye Doctor Near Me in Norcross GA

Visit Peachtree Ophthalmology in Norcross, conveniently situated near Peachtree Corners, for comprehensive eye care. Our practice offers expert diagnosis and treatment for various eye conditions. Whether you need a routine eye exam or specialized care for glaucoma or cataracts, our team provides compassionate service tailored to your needs. Schedule your appointment today and experience exceptional eye care close to home.

How To Contact Us

Our eye clinic is ideally located close to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr. Serving Norcross GA, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell & Johns Creek.


4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

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Office Hours

Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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